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IPhone SE: An iPhone 5S, Only Better!

iPhone SE
Posted: March 23, 2016 at 6:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

If you’re among those who are still using the four-inch iPhone, then brace yourself as Apple has something in store for you.

Apple recently released a new model of their lineup that will replace the three-year-old iPhone 5S. The iPhone SE is among the four potential handsets that the company will be launching this year. The tech giant targets customers that haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 6 handsets just yet. Some users still prefer the smaller dimensions of the older iPhones over the phablet-style of the new models.

Aside from iPhone SE’s size, what does it have to offer?


The design of the iPhone SE looks similar to the older device, iPhone 5S. The only difference is that SE has a matte finish on the beveled edges and it is available in rose gold color. Both phones, however, have aluminum casings with 4.87 inches x 2.31 inches x 0.3 inches measurements with round volume buttons, glass caps top and bottom, and flat sides. The SE is slightly heavier at 3.99 ounce than the 5S that weighs 3.95 ounce.

iPhone SE

iPhone SE Renderings / Image credit: Martin Hajek


They have similar displays. Both of them have a 4-inch LCD screen with 1136 x 640 resolutions and 326 ppi pixel density. However, according to Apple, the SE will have up to 3 times brighter screen than the 5S.


Although the design and display is almost the same, the hardware of the SE is new — much of the new features were similar to the iPhone 6S.

While the SE retains the 5S’s 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, it has a Retina Flash feature that allows you to capture better photos in places with low lighting. On the other hand, it has a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 4K video recording. With wider f/2/2 aperture, it would really outperform 5S in low light scenarios. Aside from that, it has 240 frames per second slow motion feature, as well as Live Photos.

Hardware & Internal Features

The iPhone SE has NFC chip, which brought ApplePay to all iPhones. The battery has also been upgraded, featuring a 1642 mAh unit. Along with its processor upgrades, users should notice a leap in battery life.


Units without SIM that can be bought from Apple stores start at £359, which is £20 less than the price of the iPhone 5S. The 64 GB version, on the other hand, will be sold for £439.

Mobile networks have yet to reveal their tariffs. Pre-orders start on the 24th of March.